English center forwards are becoming less common, and Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to blame for this.

The GOATS of football, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, have been held accountable for England’s inability to compete with Harry Kane.

Les Ferdinand, a former star of the Three Lions, made this claim after highlighting the impact the two had on the upcoming crop of strikers.

Kane has been an ever-present figure in England’s attack since his 2015 international debut.

In recent years Gareth Southgate has tried and failed with a number of different options to find the Bayern Munich superstar either a partner or an able deputy in his absence.

Aston Villa hitman Ollie Watkins became the latest to fail the audition having struggled in England’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil on Saturday.

Watkins played his first full 90 minutesย at Wembley but failed to find the net and managed just a single shot in a difficult display.

Conversely, England has an abundance of options in many areas, and Ferdinand thinks this is a knock-on effect from seeing two of the greatest.

Both Ronaldo and Messi made their right wing debuts as adolescents before their prolific goal scoring drove them inside.

Former director of football at Queens Park Rangers, Ferdinand has witnessed new English players try to emulate the same progression.

By Fafa T

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